The Well in Bearden served as a good home for Einstein Simplified since January, 2013. Sadly, the Well closed its doors for the last time on Monday night. It means that we have to move our improv show to a new venue.
Several of my friends on social media posted status updates mourning the loss of the Well. In addition to our improv show, the Well was home to a stand-up comedy show on Mondays.
In the whirlwind of activity that surrounded news of the Well’s closing, Paul Simmons reached out to the owners of Scruffy City Hall, a relatively new establishment on Market Square. The owners, Scott and Bernadette West, also own Preservation Pub. Our first show in Scruffy City Hall will be tonight at 8:00 p.m.
Scruffy City Hall gets its name from a 1980 Wall Street Journal article which called Knoxville “a scruffy little city of 180,000 on the Tennessee River.” Rather than be offended by the snooty comment, Knoxville embraced the moniker during and after the 1982 World’s Fair. In 2013, the Wests made “Keep Knoxville Scruffy” bumper stickers. Here’s a photo from one of Scruffy City Hall’s recent events:
— Scruffy City Hall (@ScruffyCityHall) March 31, 2014